Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb

Close up - Gainward 7950 GT Bliss Golden Sample

The Card

Gainward have implemented a very sexy cooler on the Gainward 7950 GT. Matt black, with "Gainward Beyond your senses" on it, you're case would not gain "bling" but would certainly gain a very attractive, sleek looking card. The black find on the cooler underneath the drilled front only add to the coolness of the cards look.

gainward 7950GT

The fan is unlabeled but looks to be a good size so hopefully it will prove quiet.

The rear of the card as usual has Gainward's mounting mechanism on it allowing the cooler to be securely attached to the PCB. Gainward put their cards together to a high quality level and this card is certainly not an exception the the rule.

gainward 7950gt rear

The card is rather more squat that some of the more recently tested cards and takes up a lot less room length ways than say the X1950 pro's that I recently reviewed. This makes it ideal for smaller form factor cases.

gainward 7950gt

Here we can see the fins that make up the heat dissipation part of the cooler. Once again this has a sturdy feel to it and looks great.

gainward 7950gt

The whole PCB is covered on this cooler including the power connector. Gainward have opted for a dual slot cooler for the 7950GT, I assume this is due to the fact that it a "Golden Sample" Edition and is guaranteed faster clockspeeds out of the box.

gainward 7950GT

Dual DVI is served up in a red colour for that extra little touch by Gainward. The card attached to both PCI backplates making it securely fastened.

Specifications

* GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7950GT
* GPU Clockspeed: 580+ MHz
* Memory: 512MB 1,4ns DDR3
* Memory Clockspeed: 1500+ MHz
* Pixels per clock (peak) : 24
* Bandwidth: 44,8 GB/s
* Ramdac: 400 MHz
* Bus: PCI-Express
* Cooling: Fan (Two-slot)
* Video-Features: Component, S-Video & Composite Out
* Connectivity: Dvi + Dvi + Video-Out

The card is good looking and is well built. Now let's take a look at the cooler:

Cooling

gainward 7950GT gainward 7950gt

The fan runs very slowly even when the card is at full load. Running 45°C at idle and 57°C load (23°C ambient) the cooler is very effective even with nVidia's 90nm part.

The fan is almost silent and I could not hear it over my system fans even when all of them were throttled down all the way. This is definitely a card that could go into a HTPC with a minimal amount of fuss and noise so I am impressed with Gainward's cooling solution.

The card looks good on the outside so let's see how it performs.

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Most Recent Comments

23-07-2006, 12:43:39

FarFarAway
We take a look at this silent card and see what we think. Link here

23-07-2006, 12:57:44

Raven
looks good but on page2 in an image it says cooling: fan(one slot)

http://www.overclock3d.net/image.php?id=2099

liked the overclocked chart with the nonoverclocked score, easier to get a good look

23-07-2006, 12:59:09

FarFarAway
Yeah it does doesn't it?

Ah well: it's from Gainwards website

23-07-2006, 13:03:46

NickS
Great review m8. Card is kinda... eh. I was thinkin bout getting one to replace the X800 128MB PCI-E in my spare rig, but after looking at benches my X800 rips it a new one :O.

23-07-2006, 13:09:53

FarFarAway
Well it's a low-end card so it's not going to be the very best..

23-07-2006, 13:17:41

Raven
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Ah well: it's from Gainwards website
Gainward should have done better than that, passive cooling sounds much better than one slot fan.

23-07-2006, 14:10:24

FragTek
Great review mate, cheers for that!

24-07-2006, 11:39:25

Hyper
Nice review mate, if I was to build a computer at the minute I would definatly be putting one of those in as they are great value for money and silent

24-07-2006, 12:40:26

limqareb
so you mean that card kills a 7800GS

24-07-2006, 12:41:24

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
so you mean that card kills a 7800GS
ey?
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